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“In Africa, 40 billion working hours are lost each year because people,mainly women, have to spend them fetching and carrying water.”

Anita Roddick

This is my electronic portfolio for ED302: A design-and-make activity in which students will explore opportunities of a genuine need in a real context and realise a solution using appropriate, knowledge and understanding.


Person:

  • Women and children (WAC)

Place:

  • Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)

Purpose:

Transport moves people and goods; provides access to clinics, schools, markets, and financial opportunities. While motorised vehicles are more efficient, they are too costly for the poorest communities. Non-motorized modes of transportation, such as bicycles, tricycles, rickshaws, handcarts, and wheelbarrows, serve a critical role for the development of those living in peri-urban and remote rural locations. Due to cultural gender inequalities in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), women and children often do not have access to even the simplest of intermediate means of transport (IMT) that could:

    • Increase women and children’s quality of life.
    • Reduce chores that prevent children from attending school.
    • Increase women’s access to economic development. (An Indian Case Study)

    Proposed solution:

    • An appropriate intermediate means of transport (IMT).

    Written by Mr. Elphick

    February 16, 2009 at 12:25 pm

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